By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN firstname.lastname@example.org
BILL COSBY was secretly taped offering financial compensation to the
Canadian woman who has accused him of drugging and groping her, but she
did not take him up on his offer, sources said.
The offer came after the woman reported the allegations to Canadian
authorities on Jan. 13 and was made to the victim's mother, sources said.
The offer is reflected in taped conversations, sources said.
Because the woman did not take him up on his offer, the tapes refute
suggestions that the Canadian woman filed charges against Cosby in
order to get money from him, sources said.
The Canadian woman turned over the tapes to Montgomery County
prosecutors, sources said. Bebe Kivitz and Dolores Troiani, the
Canadian woman's attorneys, declined to comment on the tapes.
Kivitz and Troiani did denounce yesterday's "Celebrity Justice" TV
report that, citing sources connected to Cosby, said the woman's mother
tried to extort money from Cosby before her daughter went to police.
The Toronto Sun, and numerous other publications, have reported that
the alleged victim introduced her parents to Cosby last August when he
was in Toronto. That is not true either, the lawyers said. Cosby met
the woman's mother in March 2003 but has never met her father, they
said. A Cosby attorney has confirmed that they did not meet him in August.
Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. was out of town
yesterday and could not be reached for comment. His first assistant,
Risa Vetri Ferman, did not return a phone call requesting comment.
Walter Phillips Jr., Cosby's attorney, also was out of town yesterday
and could not be reached for comment.
Two weeks ago, Castor said he would reach a decision about whether to
charge Cosby "or anyone else" sometime this week.
The Canadian woman got to know Cosby through her job at Temple
University, where she was director of operations for the women's
basketball team. Cosby was a frequent attendee of games.
The Canadian woman did not tell anyone about what she alleges happened
to her until she told her mother a few weeks before she went to police,
her attorneys said.
She reported the alleged drugging and groping to Canadian police on Jan.
13. She told cops it happened the previous January at Cosby's Elkins
Park mansion. She said that she and Cosby were out to dinner with
others in Philadelphia, then he invited her back to his home. Once
there, she complained of "stress and tension" and Cosby offered her
pills, she said, according to a police report.
After she took the pills, she became "dizzy and sick" and Cosby helped
her to a sofa, the report said. After that, she said her memories are
fuzzy but she recalls Cosby "touching her breast and placing her hand
on his penis," the report said. She woke up about 4 a.m. with "her
clothing in disarray and her bra undone," the report said, and drove herself home.
Yesterday, the Daily News reported that another woman has come forward
to say Cosby drugged and groped her about 30 years ago.
Tamara Green, a semi-retired attorney in Ventura, Calif., said she gave
a statement to Castor's office and to Troiani and Kivitz.
She said she came forward now because Phillips, Cosby's attorney, has
called the Canadian woman's story "bizarre" and "preposterous" and
Castor had characterized the case against Cosby as weak.
"I heard his lawyer said her claims were preposterous and basically I
thought, 'My eye. He did exactly the same thing to me,' " Green, 57,
said in yesterday's Daily News.
"Then I heard a press release from the district attorney saying he
thought the case was weak and why did she wait so long to come forward? "
Green said. "I worked in a D.A.'s office and that's D.A.-speak for
'We're not filing charges. ' I felt compelled to come forward after that. "
Yesterday, on Michael Smerconish's morning radio show on WPHT
(1210-AM), before heading to Canada on another case, Castor angrily
denied that he said the case against Cosby was weak.
"You'll find no place where I said the case was weak or anything of
that nature," Castor said. "What I said was, under Pennsylvania law, a
delay in reporting . . . is to the benefit of the defendant, unless
there is some good reason why a victim waited to come forward. That's
what I said." *